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Author: Stacy A. Nyikos

Illustrator: Kary Lee

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Publisher: Stonehorse Publishing, 2007

Material: hard cover

Summary: Dizzy is very busy. He loves to show his bay friends all his tricks and race with them ... long after they're tuckered out. One day, Dizzy learned that while he had been out racing the deep blue, his friends had stayed behind and were feasting on fish! Can Dizzy slow down enough to share in this daily bounty. This is a picture book that blends facts about dolphins with a story kids will love.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 5½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: "Boy, he's fast." Our child liked the story ... and wanted to read it again so s/he could find out how Dizzy made that tunnel of water on the front cover.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is another star(fish) for Stacy Nyikos. We enjoy reading the story and learning more about marine life. She has a great talent for blending facts and a life-lesson tale (patience) into a rhyming story that never misses a beat.

Pros: The book makes it easy to learn factual information about marine species (in this case Pacific white-sided dolphins) in a fun, refreshing way.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you have a marine-loving child, this and all of the books in Stacy's series should be part of your library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SQUIRT   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: DOLPHINS IN DANGER (Riley's World Series®)   AMAZING DOLPHINS (I Can Read! Series)

Educational Themes: The story lends itself to talking about patience and delayed gratification at a level young readers/pre-readers can absorb. The resource information in the back offers you the added benefit of further study about Pacific white-sided dolphins.

Notes: 2008 Silver Recipient: Adventure, Moms Choice Awards. The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2007

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